Trailer Deck

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Project by geekwoodworker posted 08-20-2014 04:11 PM 2335 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The old plywood deck on my trailer was rotten and needed replacing so I used some old 2×6 lumber I had lying around. Used #8 screws that shuldn’t rot. Pre-drilled all the holes through boards and steel frame. Applied helmands outdoor clear finish. Didn’t put perminent lights on it cause I use the type on magnets and keep them in the trunk until needed. I screwed down 2 steel plates for magnets to stick to. Had it setup this way for 6 hr drive on highway and no lights fell off.

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#1 posted 08-20-2014 05:55 PM

Nice re-fit of your trailer deck.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 08-20-2014 09:14 PM

How much work would it would be to raise the deck above those tires? I’m going to have to do this soon, too.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 08-21-2014 12:07 AM

Rick. I wouldn’t raise the deck as it is nice and low to the ground (about 14”) which makes it very easy for loading and unloading large heavy objects (such as my new table saw). There is 50” between the wheel fenders making it big enough for a sheet of ply to sit flat. It is very easy to load with wood also. I put 150 of 2×6 lumber on it and as the stack got higher it was still manageable alone. So I would say leave it low unless you don’t have at least 48” between the wheels. Maybe bolt some cross pieces such as a 2×6 on its side (like floor joists in your house) and screw deck to it. Just don’t go too high or add too many due to added weight.


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#4 posted 08-21-2014 02:14 AM

Did you treat the underside of the decking for all the road debris and water? Nice job.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 08-21-2014 01:09 PM

Doc. Yes put finish all boards before installing them. Might spray undercoat on underside also.


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#6 posted 08-26-2014 12:56 PM

Nice redo. I think about every 10 years, I put new treated wood on my lil trailer. It sits out in all the weather.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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